Social Value Meets Market Potential at the 2018 Social New Venture Challenge

Belinda Li, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Emerging social entrepreneurs need an ecosystem of support to test their big ideas for social change. This was put into action this week at the ’72 John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge 2018, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. CiTTA Partnership’s Founder and Chief Consultant Belinda Li was honored to serve as […]

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Building the Social Enterprise Model: CiTTA CEO Shares Insights on Panel

Belinda Li speaks on Building Social Enterprise Models

How do changemakers build their social enterprise models, keeping their beneficiaries in mind? And how can they distinguish their products from competitors? These were just two of the pressing questions addressed by CiTTA CEO and Founder Belinda Li on April 2, when she appeared as a panelist for the course Social Enterprise at Loyola University Chicago’s […]

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Why You Need the Female Voice in Your Business

Women working at startup.

The month dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements is coming to a close – but the drive for parity surges forward no matter what the calendar says. This is especially true for women in business. The press for progress continues and, as it turns out, is actually good for your bottom line. When denied a seat […]

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#WomenWednesday: A Champion for Women’s History Month


Affordable housing and health care. Quality education and youth development. The realization of full rights and participation in society for those new to our country. These are issues you champion in your mission-driven work every day. And National Women’s History Month is all about acknowledging the stories of people like you. So today’s #WomenWednesday blog […]

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The Empowerment Experiment: #WomenWednesday Honors Maggie Anderson

Maggie Anderson's book outlining her family's Empowerment Experiment.

As Black History Month comes to a close, we want to reflect on ways we can all become more mindful of supporting minority-owned businesses in our communities. As a result, we’d like to dedicate this week’s #WomenWednesday to Maggie Anderson – businesswoman, activist, author, and the co-founder of The Empowerment Experiment. Prior to becoming well-known […]

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Black History Month: Support for Black-Owned Social Enterprises

Rhys Powell, founder of Red Rabbit

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the incredible achievements of African Americans in the U.S.  In our first February post, we talked about how important it is to consider these achievements in entrepreneurship. Today we want to highlight a few black-owned social enterprises we think are doing really amazing things in this space […]

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Client Innovation: Social Enterprise in the Spotlight with NeighborWorks America

Here at CiTTA Partnership, we’re all about empowering our clients’ sustainable social impact. So there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the successful ways our clients continue to drive social innovation forward. This winter, our past client NeighborWorks America (NWA) partnered with the Stanford Social Innovation Review to share all of the exciting details of their […]

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Black History Month: #WomenWednesday Honors Dorothy Richardson

Dorothy Richardson

Black History Month calls for learning more about leaders who haven’t always received the recognition they deserve. That’s why today’s #WomenWednesday post is dedicated to Dorothy Richardson – a community activist who inspired the national field of urban development. “Fix the houses – not tear down the whole neighborhood.” Richardson was a housewife in the […]

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Black History Month: Support for MBEs

Today kicks off Black History Month – an annual month-long observance not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. It denotes the annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans in U.S. History. Black History Month was formally recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. However, the origins of Black History […]

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CiTTA Chief Consultant Reelected to Board, Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago

SEA - Chicago Board Members Lauren Robinson, Wendy Raymer, and Belinda Li

We’re pleased to announce that our Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li has been reelected to the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago Chapter (SEA – Chicago). SEA-Chicago is the Midwest Regional Chapter of the leading national membership organization of individuals and organizations actively working to advance the movement for […]

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Beyond Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Although Human Trafficking Awareness Month is soon coming to a close, our engagement with this human rights issue should continue well beyond January. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal activity, claiming more than 20 million victims. Despite certain groups being more susceptible, human trafficking does not discriminate. A victim could be a friend, your […]

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Social Enterprises Fight Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month – time set aside to acknowledge a human rights violation with millions of victims worldwide, many of whom are women and children. Despite increased global awareness of the issue, human trafficking is still the world’s fastest-growing criminal activity. From Awareness to Impact Being aware of the issue is only […]

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day

CiTTA Joins Voices Bringing Awareness to Human Rights Issue Today marks the national observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Established in 2011 by President Barack Obama, this day aims to raise public awareness of modern slavery. Human trafficking is an illegal $150 billion dollar industry that affects 20.9 million people around the world. Human trafficking […]

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#WomenWednesday Recognizes First Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Activist. Writer. Nobel Peace Prize Winner. These are a few adjectives that describe Bertha von Suttner. Born in 1843 to an Austrian family of military nobility, von Suttner was the product of an aristocratic society that accepted militaristic traditions without question. Yet she would go on to challenge these as a peace advocate later in […]

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CiTTA lauds Eleanor Roosevelt on #WomenWednesday

Did you know December is International Human Rights Month? That’s why today’s #WomenWednesday shines a spotlight on a trailblazer in the international human rights arena: Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s true she was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – but she redefined the role of the first lady. Previously, the main function of the first […]

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CiTTA Recognizes Ada Lovelace on #WomenWednesday!

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It’s #WomenWednesday – the day we’ve set aside especially to highlight the amazing impact women make when they are empowered to innovate. This week CiTTA is happy to recognize the birthday of the first computer programmer – Ada Lovelace. Born in December of 1815, Ada Lovelace was empowered from the start by her mother. Lady […]

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CiTTA honors Dr. Jane Goodall on #WomenWednesday!


When she was just 1-year old, her father gifted her with a new friend: a chimpanzee plushy named Jubilee. When she was 26, she journeyed to Tanzania, Africa. It was there she commenced decades of study on the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. Now 83, Dr. Jane Goodall is considered to be the […]

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CiTTA Partnership Awarded for Growth and Economic Impact!

CiTTA accepted the Small Biz Driving Forward Award for growth and economic impact

CiTTA Partnership was thrilled to be honored at the Small Biz Big Bash hosted by the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center. Three Chicagoland businesses were recognized at this year’s event, known as a “celebration of growing, connecting and advancing small business.” CiTTA accepted the Small Biz Driving Forward Award for growth and economic […]

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CiTTA Partnership Welcomes New Intern!

CiTTA Partnership is pleased to welcome Ellen Au to the team in the role of Marketing and Communications intern. Ellen is a recent graduate of University of Illinois – Chicago with bachelor’s degrees in English and Economics. She was the Spring 2017 recipient of the Chancellor’s Student Services & Leadership Award and served as the […]

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Improving Equitable Access to Clean Energy

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The CLIENT Illinois stands poised to lead in the field of clean energy – and CiTTA Partnership has been part of the journey. The Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act put the state on the path towards upgrading to a smart grid and smart meter technology in the majority of Illinois homes by 2020. In order to […]

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